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Ireland Study Abroad - International Success
Once again, the Ireland Study Abroad Program - Global Social Policy, Planning and Practices: Solutions to Homelessness and Ireland - was a total success. Led by MHLP Faculty, Mark Engelhardt, eleven CBCS students, representing six majors studied in residence at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland for a week, were immersed in community-based field visits, and toured the West Coast of Ireland (Galway, Dingle, Killarney). International faculty included; Dr. Sam Tsemberis (U.S.); Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan ( Trinity College and the European Observatory on Homelessness); Dr. Paula Mayock (Trinity College and leading women's and children's advocate in Ireland/Europe) and Dr. Stephen Gaetz (Canadian Observatory - Homeless Hub). Field visits included clinical and advocacy presentations from Ireland's National Homeless Providers: The Simon Community, Focus Ireland and the USF students were invited and participated in a rare Regional/ City Council meeting: "Housing First: The Solution to Rough Sleeping", with other global experts on solving homelessness. As several students reported, "the course was life changing". The 2016 program is currently being planned with commitments by our Irish colleagues.